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Archbishop of York Visits Ripon and Leeds

Archbishop and Bishop John

Monday 17th September 2012

The Archbishop of York is to spend two days in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds this week, visiting pioneering projects, seeing the church’s work of mission in both the city of Leeds and the rural areas of North Yorkshire.

The Archbishop will meet a night club boss, health professionals, pioneer ministers, and civic representatives during his two day visit to Ripon and Leeds. He will also visit a debt advice centre based in rural North Yorkshire.
The official visit by the Most Revd and Rt. Hon, Dr John Sentamu takes place on September 20th and 21st with the Archbishop spending Thursday 20th in Leeds and Friday 21st in the north of the diocese. The details of the visit follow:-

Day One - Leeds

On Day 1 of his visit, Thursday September 20th, the Archbishop, hosted by the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt Revd John Packer, will begin his visit at 9.30am at Holy Trinity Boar Lane in the centre of Leeds to look at the 18th Century church and hear about redevelopment plans to create a vibrant venue for art and events which would also remain a place of worship in the centre of the city. He will meet church representatives, developers, and Leeds City Council representatives. Later at 10.30am the Archbishop will meet Pioneer Ministers James Barnett - Minister to Riverside Community and Beth Tash - Pioneer Minister to Night time economy, together with others working in the city centre including a night club boss, John Hancock – General Manager of Tiger Tiger Nightclub, and a City Council community safety officer.
From Holy Trinity Boar Lane the Archbishop will go at 11.45am to Leeds Minster (formerly Leeds Parish Church) and will share in midday prayer for the city, meeting senior clergy and lay leaders to discuss the development of the church’s mission and ministry.
In the afternoon, from 1.45pm, the Archbishop will return to the David Young Community Academy in Seacroft, the school he opened in 2006 and will meet students and take part in an act of worship. His visit then takes him to the nearby Seacroft Estate at 2.45pm to meet representatives of the statutory and voluntary agencies working on Seacroft in partnership with the churches. Later that day he will hold meetings with clergy and lay leaders engaged in ‘Fresh Expressions’ of church across the diocese before an evening meeting with health care professionals. He will hear about the campaign to retain children’s cardiac services in Leeds, the work of hospital chaplaincy, hospice work in Harrogate and the Harrogate ‘Share the Care’ appeal.

Day Two – North Yorkshire

On Day 2 of his visit on Friday September 21st, the Archbishop hosted by the Bishop of Knaresborough, Rt Revd James Bell, will see some of the new initiatives taking place in North Yorkshire. At 10am he will visit St Mary’s Richmond and take part in the ‘FunKey’ Service for parents’ children which regularly draw more than 45 children and their parents to monthly services.
Dr Sentamu will then travel to the Chantry Hall Bedale at 12.50, first hearing about the Hope Debt Advice agency based at Richmond, Masham and Bedale and meeting with trustees and helpers. He will then lunch with Area Deans, clergy and lay leaders from the Archdeaconry of Richmond to discuss the proposals for a single diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. Later at 2.45 the Archbishop will be in Harrogate to visit the Kairos Network Church and will have a practical introduction to Witnessing on the Streets with one of the Kairos Cells and the Kairos’ project rehabilitating homeless people.
The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds said he was delighted the Archbishop was able to see some of the pioneering initiatives taking place in the region. “The theme of the Archbishop’s visit is Growing the Church, Engaging with the Community and Re-imagining Ministry, and over this two day visit Dr Sentamu will see several exciting pioneering ventures which Christians are involved in the cause of the Gospel throughout our diverse diocese."

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